RUNDU: The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) at Rundu on Thursday arrested four suspects after they were allegedly found in possession of outdated foreign currency from Zimbabwe, which is used to defraud people.
The suspects were cornered near the Woermann Brock supermarket while the police were conducting street patrols following a string of cases of theft from motor-vehicles have been reported to the police almost daily.
NamPol’s Kavango Regional Crime Investigations’ Coordinator, Deputy Commissioner Willie Bampton told Nampa on Friday that the suspects were apprehended with two handbags containing huge bundles of outdated Zimbabwean dollar notes worth millions, but which are not in use anymore.
Zimbabwe currently uses US dollars and South African rands.
The suspects allegedly put the bundles of notes which are covered with genuine N.dollars100 Namibian notes on top and underneath to trick people into giving them their money on the pretext that this will be multiplied.
The police also confiscated three different business cards with the names of different companies which advertise that they are also in the diamond trading business, but the contact details are all the same.
A small bottle containing mercury liquid which is allegedly used to wash the money and multiply it, was also taken in.
Deputy Commissioner Bampton said some residents at Rundu have already fallen victim to the scam, as one resident has already opened a case after losing N.dollars 3500 here.
He said the suspects, who are said to be operating in groups with some said to be in Tsumeb, are targeting individuals with money. Some of them are apparently even collaborating with officials from banks.
The crimes’ coordinator cautioned inhabitants of the region to be vigilant for those types of scams, and not to listen to strangers who approach them on the pretext that they can multiply their money.
The suspects, aged 22, 30, 36, and 28 are from different town such as Otjiwarongo, Windhoek and Katima Mulilo.
They will be charged with fraud and theft under false pretences, and are expected to appear in the Rundu Magistrate’s Court on Monday.